There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the honey industry lately, with many conflicting viewpoints vying for consumers’ attention. So, what's really going on behind the scenes in this sticky business? 

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Dogs everywhere are leaping for joy as we celebrate the official opening of Higgins Dog Park in Fergus Falls.  The dream of many officially came true this summer, thanks in large part to a generous land donation from the Adams family, designated for a community betterment project. City leade…

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A major technical upgrade for the Bigwood Event Center was approved at Wednesday’s Fergus Falls City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.


Local pastor, Rev. Harold E. Petersen recently published his first devotional book titled “Alive In Me.”  


Former community development director for the city of Fergus Falls and current Otter Tail County community development director, Amy Baldwin, has been elected to serve as president of the Greater Minnesota Partnership. 


Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition is part of the statewide “Toward Zero Deaths” traffic safety program and is a collaboration between the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Otter Tail County Public Health Department, local law enforcement agencies, emergency medical and trauma se…

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The Fergus Falls YMCA board of directors has appointed a new interim CEO, Pat Riemersma. Riemersma was most recently the CEO for the Westport Weston Family YMCA in Westport, Connecticut. She officially started her new position on Sept. 7.

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Leila Awadallah is the most recent artist to complete a Hinge Arts Residency for Springboard for the Arts.

Yes, you read that correctly and I did not misspell the word “neighbor.” Please let me explain. NABUR is a new social…

     Fergus Falls Area DNR Fisheries Biologists wrapped up the lake survey season last week.  This summer, DNR biologists completed 13 lake surveys.  Lake surveys (fish population assessments) are the foundation of the DNR’s lake management program.  They are needed to collect biological inf…

Fall is a great time of year to curl up with a good book as the weather starts to chill. And what could be more exciting than opening up a crime thriller that takes place in your own backyard? 

The Central Lakes Cycle David Grotberg Memorial 24/7 Duathlon and 5K-ish will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. 

“We’ve had a really good start,” said Superintendent Jeff Drake at Monday night’s school board meeting. The 2021-22 school year has officially begun and out of the approximately 3,000 staff and students, only two positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed this week. For those interested in …

The eighth annual Boots On The Ground motorcycle fun run is about to hit the streets of Fergus Falls. This annual event is a way to bring the community together to celebrate and support veterans.  

Fergus Falls came out in a big way to support first responders on Saturday at the 9/11 Walk of Remembrance. 

Mark your calendars. This Sunday, Sept. 12, marks the premiere of the first episode of the new docuseries titled “Rural by Choice.” 

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes bound for California. The planes departed from airports in Boston; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C. Sept. 11 would become an infamous date in American and world history, and the events of that day woul…

Here we are, 4,000-plus miles from home and all flights to the States are canceled. After a day of sightseeing in central Switzerland, the newsstands were bare but our group found a TV channel that was in English that gave us an account of what was going on in New York.

Sept. 11, 2001 started like any other for Cameron Hanson, Fergus Falls Army National Guard veteran. He woke up and headed to Alexandria Technical and Community College, where he was studying diesel engine repair. 

Saturday marks 20 years since the devastating terror attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. In the years not long after the attacks, 9/11 was taught in classrooms around the country as a “current event.” Many students had vivid and personal memories connecting them to that awful day.

My husband and I lived in Browns Valley at the time.  We went to work like normal.   He was a shift supervisor and I was office personnel at a telemarketing company.  As the morning progressed,  our reps were bombarded with irritated customers stating they were watching the news and could no…

Rev. Jeff Ethen missed an appointment on the 110th floor in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Ethen’s story, like many others, is a reminder of the fragility of life. 

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Mark your calendars. This Sunday, Sept. 12, marks the premiere of the first episode of the new docuseries titled “Rural by Choice.” 

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Fergus Falls police arrested a man on multiple charges last week following the report of traffic cones knocked down, bricks thrown around and the tipping over of garbage cans. The initial call came into dispatch at approximately 1:44 a.m. Fergus Falls police officers were dispatched to a gro…

The Minnesota Department of Health received $12,500,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for costs related to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration programs. Funds were made available last…

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Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity has now built 60 houses in 30 years. The milestone is being recognized with a big celebration that is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 14th, that will include a tour of their new build along with dinner and a program to recognize the volunteers and benefactor…

The Sexuality And Gender Alliance (SAGA) officially opened the SAGA Center on Monday, Sept. 6. The SAGA Center will be a place where LGBTQ+ youth can gather for support, fellowship and fun. 

Viking Library System has released their bookmobile schedule for September 2021 through May 2022. The full schedule is available on their website: Additional information can be obtained by contacting their headquarters by telephone at 218-739-5286.

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LB Homes Hospice will be hosting the annual Camp Emily on Oct 9., 2021. Camp Emily is a free one-day event offered for families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 

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It may seem odd, but the glass bottle or mug that you are possibly drinking out of right now may one day be part of the road you drive your vehicle on.

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It feels like yesterday to most Americans, including Minnesotans who lived through 9/11 or experienced it first hand. For those who were not born yet, it offers a teachable moment about a tragedy that will never be forgotten. It was a pivotal moment in our country, Otter Tail County and Ferg…

Leslie Berg of Fergus Falls recently started her own photography business, Color Shot Photography. One of her first orders of business was to host a community event and free photoshoot to support addicts in recovery and raise awareness for National Recovery Month. 

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that they are partnering with ILT Academy and Launch MN to co-sponsor a startup innovation workshop for entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders and stakeholders from across the West Central Minnesota region.

Rand V. Araskog, a successful businessman who grew up in Fergus Falls, died on Aug. 9 in his home in Palm Beach, Fla. at the age of 89. Araskog was arguably one of the most successful individuals to come from Fergus Falls. 

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The Fergus Falls Fire department responded to a smoke alarm at the historic A Center for the Arts theater in downtown Fergus Falls on Tuesday at approximately 10:55 a.m. 

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In an incident on Friday that prompted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office to issue an alert to county residents to stay indoors around 7:09 p.m., a Dalton man was arrested and charged with second degree attempted murder for firing a weapon at a Minnesota DNR Conservation officer near the…

The Fergus Falls Fire Department responded to an unintentional vehicle fire that subsequently damaged the exterior of an apartment complex on the 900 block of East Vernon Avenue on Monday at approximately 2:37 p.m.

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is proud to announce that local craft and home decor store, Boss Moms Crafting, has launched Boss Moms Tanning. Boss Moms currently sells a variety of home decor, handmade signs, drinkware, apparel and custom orders. Owner Abby Barry is from Fergus Falls and operat…

The terrible Great Depression of the 1930s wasn’t America’s only economic crash. Various lesser ones happened through the 1800s, almost in a 20-year cycle, inflicting poverty and suffering on working-class families.

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Fire up the kiln, throw on an apron, and get ready to get your hands dirty. There’s a new spot in town where you can try your hand at pottery making and sculpting and discover the wonderful things you never knew you could create. Artist Blayze Buseth recently opened the Creation Shop in Ferg…

School is back in session and temperatures are slowly dipping, which means it’s time to get out your cardigans, sweaters and boots. Fall fashion is in full swing. But before you hit the retail shops to stock up on the season’s new trends or add that hip new item to your online shopping cart,…

It was a real hot summer, in fact, it broke records, especially in July. The National Weather Service has said it was the hottest month since records began 142 years ago. But how did it affect fish, and were water levels a factor as well?

Can Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fisheries biologists predict how good walleye fishing on some lakes will be four years in advance?  

Artist Marlys Mandaville recently completed a Hinge Arts Residency through Springboard for the Arts. Launched in 2015, the Hinge Arts Residency provides the opportunity for artists to come to Fergus Falls and take a deep dive into their craft and the community. After a year of pandemic-relat…

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Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 3 recreational camp fires within the city limits of Fergus Falls are once again allowed. This is in response to the recent update from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that Otter Tail County is one of  several counties with lessening restrictions…

An elderly rural Erhard man has died due to multiple bee or hornet stings. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a medical emergency at an address northeast of Erhard on Monday at approximately 2:31 p.m. It was reported that a 68- or 69-year-old man had been stung by bees o…

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Fergus Falls residents who have city utilities accounts that are disconnected for nonpayment may soon see an extra fee included. At the Fergus Falls City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, finance director Bill Sonmor briefed council members on the proposed new billing poli…

Lake Country Living magazine is a quarterly women’s publication printed by Daily Journal Media. Throughout the years, the publication has undergone a number of changes, be it title or content. Once again, Lake Country Living has undergone a facelift, so to speak. 

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After a long, tough year for live music and performing musicians, the Fergus Falls Concert Association (FFCA) has announced that live, in-person concerts are taking the stage once again. The FFCA kicks off its 2021-22 concert series this month, jam-packed with world-class performances in a v…

Superintendent Jeff Drake sent correspondence to parents of Fergus Falls Public Schools students on Monday via the ParentVue application, outlining the status on masking and vaccination requirements for the school district for the upcoming school year. 

ST. PAUL — As Minnesota’s agricultural community continues to face severe drought conditions across the state, on Friday Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 21-30 declaring an emergency and waiving trucking regulations to support Minnesota livestock producers in the safe and efficient trans…

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced Friday the following appointments to the Commission of the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing; Environmental Quality Board; Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors; Minnesota State High School League Board o…

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The country came to a standstill once again on Aug. 26 when the Kabul airport was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing at least 95 and wounding at least another 150. Among the victims of the tragedy were 13 U.S. service members awaiting their flights home. 

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